CMR 1/72 Boulton Paul P.111/a

KIT #: 145
PRICE: $
DECALS: Three options
REVIEWER: Martin Pohl
NOTES: Full resin kit with photo etch parts

HISTORY

In the late 1940s and early 1950s the Allied aircraft industries were engaged in many projects to confirm and develop the design ideas captured from Nazi Germany at the end of the Second World War. As part of this activity the P.111 was built for the Air Ministry to specification E.27/46 by Boulton Paul Aircraft Ltd to investigate the possibilities of the delta planform wing.

The P.111 was designed as the smallest airframe which could couple an engine (Rolls-Royce Nene), an ejection seat (Martin Baker), and a delta wing. The latter was aerodynamically thin and had a sweep angle of 45. Without tip extensions the wing was strongly cropped at about 75% of the full delta. The aircraft could be flown with these wings or with one of two pairs of extensions, the larger ones making an almost perfect pointed delta shape. These extensions allowed an investigation of the aerodynamic effects of the tip shapes of delta wings. Unlike its contemporary the Avro 707, roll and attitude were both controlled by a pair of elevons. The fin had an unswept trailing edge and its tip also could be removed and altered, though it seems it always flew with a very pointed tip.

The P.111 was fitted with one of the first fully powered control systems, hydraulically driven with electrical trim tabs. Because the Nene had a centrifugal compressor, the P.111 had a rather tubby fuselage, with an oval nose intake. The inward-retracting undercarriage had a noticeably wide track and a tall nosewheel leg placed it at 17 on the ground The construction was all-metal with the exception of the wing extensions and the fin tip, which were of GRP. (Source: wikipedia)

THE KIT

It is an all resin kit and that says it all no it does not. CMR had stuffed this kit with all possible versions and open doors and flaps and alike which leads to the following list: two different fuselages, three different wing pairs, two different canopies, two different sets of gear doors and two different ejection seats. Besides this you also get a pre painted photo etched set and a reinforced landing gear. So its a lot you get here almost enough to built two planes. This is nice on one side but on the other this makes the kit more expensive. So it would have been better to issue three boxes one box for every version Id say.

CONSTRUCTION

When I saw this nice PE set I decided to build the canopy open, just it would have been a shame to hide all those detail well I should have looked better, as the fuselage is more in a shape of a shark and the pit is all black and even with an open canopy can't see much.

So I bend all the PE stuff for the pit and glued it in.

The two fuselage halves I used went together pretty well and the fin also went on pretty smooth I only needed some very minor wax for filling some seems.

The only problems I did have was the attaching of the main landing gear and the doors. Those main gear doors consist of 4 parts and two the parts are so small that that I really had problems to glue them in place.

COLORS & MARKINGS

The cockpit was painted black. The ejector seat did get all the PE stuff and was painted as the instructions stated. At least the seat could be seen when the canopy is open.

It got a base of Createx Gray Base (this is a mixture made form Createx Black and White base) and onto this a mixture of Createx Cintron Yellow and Vallejo Yellow was prayed note to myself: next time when doing a yellow bird, use a white base!

The landing gear bays were painted black and the landing gear was painted metal.

I wanted to do the P.111A version just it looks a bit more interesting with this long pitot tube.

Before the decals a coat of Future was sprayed.

The decals you get are printed very well and are very thin so I managed to destroy the decals for the black stripes running from the intake to the wings. Well so I had to mask and spray that. The rest of the decals went on very good

In the end a coat of Future went on it and finished.

CONCLUSIONS

With this CMR kit you get everything you probably need for a kit.  This is very nice as I said before but it also makes the kit very expensive. But I really  recommend this kit for all of you willing to build a bird you dont see that often.

My collection of British triangles is growing :)

REFERENCES

Internet (Google for Boulton Paul P.111) and Wikipedia

Martin Pohl

January 2012

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